What is Root Canals and its Myths?


Endodontic therapy or root canal treatment is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which is intended to eliminate infection and keep the tooth healthy.

The pulp of a tooth may get infected when the tooth is decayed and the infection has spread deep till the pulp of the tooth. This gives bacteria the access to the pulp of the tooth. The pulp chamber contains blood vessels and nerve cells. Once the pulp gets infected it may have to be treated or removed to prevent the infection from spreading to the root and the supporting structure. Root canal treatment can help treat the infected tooth.

If the infection seems to be repairable the endodontist will perform partial pulpotomy procedure in order to save the natural tooth of patients. If the infection is too severe and repeated root canal treatment has failed to save the natural tooth, then surgical extraction of the tooth will be performed.

There are so many misconceptions surrounding endodontic treatment but actually, it helps to save a severely damaged tooth. The procedure to remove the infected pulp will be a little painful but ultimately the tooth will be saved from being extracted. Hence the natural tooth will be protected.

Myth #1: Root Canal Treatment Cause Extreme Pain:

An infected pulp and damaged nerves in the tooth cause intolerable pain if you keep it as it is, but a root canal treatment is done to alleviate the pain and it will be performed under some anesthetic condition. Hence some of our patients admit that they didn't feel much discomfort during the treatment procedure.

Myth #2: Completing a Root Canal Requires More Appointments:

Treatment will be completed in one or two appointments but it depends on a few factors to restore your natural tooth with all functionality such as the extent of the infection, the difficulty of the treatment, and how your body adjusts to the root canal therapy and so on.

Myth #3: Root Canal Therapy Causes Illness:

Many have thought that a root canal treatment contributes to the occurrence of disease in the body. It is certainly false news. Do you know that your mouth is generally filled with millions of bacteria? Once we get a cavity, the infection starts to spread over the tooth until we take care of the tooth infection. It will not treat itself. Accordingly, root canal therapy helps to preserve the natural tooth remaining infected more and rebuilt with other restoration methods. A healthy immune system will take care of the bacteria in a matter of time. Hence it will not lead to any illness but ignoring it will to other complications.

Myth #4: Tooth Extraction is a Good Alternative to Root Canal Therapy:

Saving the natural tooth, if possible, is the very best option.

Endodontic therapy restores the natural tooth by treating the critically infected pulp and nerves and it is less expensive than other extraction methods. Conserving a natural tooth and its functionality feels comfortable than having an artificial one.

Speak to our dentist Dr. Buttar for more information on Root Canal treatment. Call our office at 425-251-6044. Visit Advanced Care Dental office in Tukwila, Washington. We provide all kinds of dental treatments such as Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Root Canal Treatment, Dentures, Tooth Extractions and many more.


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